This or that

In the west, everything has a name and is set into groups. It’s all classified. I gather this is set into the history of western thought. Some people would probably trace this back to Aristotle. Some people think Descartes was behind the development.

various ideas, drawings and bits of writing hanging by bulldog clips and pegs. The intended effect is of a messy, live sketchbook

This means that inherent to our world view is a sense that all objects are distinct. They have boundaries, edges. There is another view, though, that everything is part of one great wheel of existence and the edges between things are not always clear.

I decided that the western approach to this can be expressed by dichotomy of this and/or that. Everything is either this or that, one or the other.

Before the show began I photocopied an old letter press printing ‘fist’. They’re those pointing fingers that seem to crop up in slightly arbitrary places on old documents when something needs to be pointed at. I used thinners to print the photocopies of said fist on to two separate sheets of cartridge paper next to the words this and that. I’m not that inspired by this. I’d thought it would express something interesting but in the end it didn’t really do that much for me. I didn’t feel inspired to mess with it further. I think that’s the main key with making an idea work. There are some that you want to play with and develop and some that just don’t grab you, as I already waffled on about at some length in my last post.

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